Why Did Machiavelli Write the Prince?

The Prince, or rather De Principatibus, was originally written in 1513 but was not published till 1532. That was 5 years after Machiavelli’s death. It is said it ws written primarily to be a guild for the prince to maintain his power and only secondary as a guild to maintain principality. It was thought to be quiet radical for it’s time. For more information see here: